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    new kid on the block

     



    Hey guys (and gals!). 22 year old automotive student in the Portland/Vancouver area. Moved to Indiana from South Africa in 2004 and then Oregon in 2011. Fell in love with muscle v8 when I heard my first Mustang fly by on the free way. Recently purchased a 454 big block looking to start my first build so I will be asking a lot of questions!

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    welcome to the club.. what will the BBC go in?

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    I just love the build. At this point I'm just going to build and then im debating between a c3 vette and a 72 cutlass.

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    I'm guilty of the same.. prefer the build more than the cruisin'..

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    and a big gidday from me
    look forward to hearing more from you.
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    Welcome! Lots of experience here to help with just about any question you come up with. Looking forward to seeing your engine become a project, and the project to become a driver.
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    Welcome to the western hemisphere-
    there are several paths to go down with the BBC---------at 454 cubes they are big enough to get gobs of horse power / torque and if you want to race the blocks are strong enough to hold 8 - 900 hp reliably. If the crank/block you have are 4 bolt mains and forged crankshaft, I would suggest that you pick a nice set of alum heads 0( Edelbrock, afr, dart,etc) to not only save weight, but get away from the valve seat/unleaded fuel issurs and build it up for a hp level of 5-600 with comparable torque----


    However, if its a 2 bolt block---you can convert to center 3 caps splayed bolts and stroker kit and go up to the 500 inch area for a reasonable amount.

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    So jerry, would a 2 bolt main be able to take the second option you listed for the 4 bolt? Alum. heads, mild cam, .30 bore and maybe a scat rotating assembly? 750 cfm carb too much? Checked my casting # it's a 2 bolt main from a '75-'87 gm truck

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    A 2 bolt block with main studs, an alighn hone on the mains can stand about anything you can throw at it on the street--------
    It can certainly stand a .O3o bore (not a .30 )
    casting number not a good indicator of main bolts
    out of a truck, good chance its a 4 bolt
    750 carb waste of time------go much bigger

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    Welcome...."If you build it they will come!" as they say in Field of Dreams. Might be fun in an old Impala or Cutlass!
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    Wondering should I just grab a stock 454 crank and have a machine shop fix it up? Should handle 500hp? My goal is 450-500 hp. I'd be very happy there. I've driven a lot of fast cars and after 350hp I don't feel much. I'm in it for torque. maybe a stock crank with I or H beam rods? Which one is better? Flot top pistons and bare heads (again for the machine shop to build up) and then a a cam with no more that .550 lift?

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    Ugh. The spelling... I apologize. I should do this on a computer!

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    was it from a big truck??? with a tall deck block??

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    I just finished running a +0.030" 454 with Brodix RR OBB aluminum heads on another forum. Copying it will be easier than telling you what we did.......
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